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The Classic Dirt Bike Show Sponsored by Hagon Shocks

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  • Date: Sat, Feb 17, 2018 - Sun, Feb 18, 2018
  • Venue: The International Centre
  • Location: St Quentin Gate, Telford, Shropshire TF3 4JH
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Opening Times:
Saturday – 10am-5pm (Early entry autojumble open at 9am)
Sunday – 10am-4pm (Autojumble open at 9am)

 

THE SHOW

Telford’s annual off-road and road-racing show has a tradition of drawing the biggest names and 2018 is no different as the Classic Dirt Bike Show sponsored by Hagon Shocks returns to Telford International Centre over the weekend of February 17-18.

Clubs and private entrants will pack into the venue once again, bringing together the most fascinating collection of historic off-road machines you’ll find under one roof, and they’ll be joined by a raft of traders offering everything from parts and spares through to accessories and riding kit, plus project bikes…if you’re tempted.

THE GUESTS OF HONOUR

Gerrit Wolsink… is a Dutch former professional Grand Prix motocross racer who competed in motocross Grand Prix world championships in the 1970s. He is best remembered for being a five-time winner of the 500cc United States Grand Prix of motocross. A dentist by training, Gerrit Wolsink chose a career in motorcycle racing. He began competing on the Grand Prix motocross circuit on a Maico motorcycle as a privateer. In 1974 he was offered a spot on the Suzuki factory racing team as Roger De Coster’s teammate. He finished third in the 500cc world championship in 1975 and 1977 and second in 1976 and 1979.

Colin Dommett… has done it all combining solo trials for the Cotton factory, competing in the ISDT, branching into Classic scrambling and latterly becoming the voice of the classic scrambles scene behind the commentator’s microphone. Now 60 years on and he is still competing but his greatest moments came in sidecar trials when between 1976 and 1980 he won the British crown 4 times.

Peter Duke… Successful off-road rider, ISDT competitor, founder of the Duke DVD empire and the son of late world champion motorcycle racer Geoff Duke.

Alf Hagon…  turned his hobby, and passion, into a successful business which still thrives today sixty years on.

During a long, and successful, career in both speedway and grasstrack racing Alf started developing his own JAP powered machines, with the emphasis on light weight. Such was the success of these bikes that by 1958 he had established a business building speedway and grasstrack frames, initially from his mother’s garden shed.

With the business proving time consuming Alf quit racing in 1965, but quickly became deeply involved in sprinting after his first foray into the sport at the first International Dragfest in 1964 on an own build lightweight JAP-engined machine.

By 1967 Alf became the first rider to record a sub-10 second time with a one way run of 9.93 seconds on the Duxford quarter mile strip on his supercharged V Twin 1260cc JAP. He followed by setting a long standing record of 9.432 and 153 mph at Santa Pod. In 1968 he became the first British rider to complete a flying mile at over 200 mph (206.54mph) at RAF Honington.

Jeff Smith MBE… was born in Lancashire, lived in Birmingham and travels to the show from his long-time home, the USA, which goes some way to explaining his mid-Atlantic accent.

Few motorcycle aces, let alone off road stars, can boast a CV to match Jeff’s. Headline achievements include FIM 500cc Motocross World Champion in 1964 and ’65, two British Trials Championships, a Scottish Six Day Trial victory, and eight ISDT Gold Medals. Pretty impressive by any standards you have to admit. Little wonder that he was awarded the MBE in 1970 for his services to the sport.

After announcing his retirement from the sport in January 1972 Jeff headed Stateside and helped develop Can-Am motorcycles, which helped result in the team’s riders claiming the top three spots in the 1974 AMA 250cc Championship. In 2000 he was inducted in to the prestigious AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame.

Jeff will be signing copies of his new book at the show.

THE DINNER

As traditional as the event itself, the Saturday evening of the show sees the hosting of a three-course, sit-down meal while off-road legends recount memories of their exploits to assembled guests. The dinner costs just £33 per person (vegetarian option available) and takes place at the Holiday Inn on site.

The Classic Dirt Bike Show dinner itself will feature speeches from Gerrit, Colin and Peter.

Lastly, 2018 marks Hagon Shocks’ 60th anniversary and to celebrate, the Classic Dirt Bike Show will have the largest collection of Hagon competition motorcycles ever assembled. The Hagon family will also be joining us at the dinner table.

INFORMATION FOR TRADERS AND EXHIBITORS –
For all logistical information, including trade, club and private entry exhibition information contact:

Sales executive: Andy Catton
Phone | 01507 529594
Email | acatton@mortons.co.uk

 

There may be flashing lights used at this event.